Ottawa Valley Stepdancing is a lively and entertaining regional form of dance, inspired by Irish Dance, which first began in the early 1900's and continues today thanks to schools across Ontario. It is traditionally danced to fiddle music which is also a very significant part of our rich Canadian heritage. Students are taught with their personal goals in mind, whether they are just learning for fun, to perform or to compete. Chad's students have won national titles and have entertained alongside some of today's headlining Celtic acts.
Chad's fiddle & stepdance lessons are offered in person at his school in Manotick, or online.
Chad Wolfe is a Canadian open stepdance champion and award winning fiddler who has performed across Canada and abroad. He was a principal dancer in the Mirvish production, The Needfire, and toured with, Memories of a Don Messer Jubilee. He has performed with Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, Ashley MacIsaac, The Great Canadian Fiddle Show., and Oh Canada EH?!
Chad has dedicated his career to preserving these time-honoured Canadian traditions not only through performing, but also teaching. The Chad Wolfe Studio of Fiddle & Stepdance has been in operation since 1996. He has also taught at fiddle camps and workshops from Halifax to Yellowknife.
Fiddle & Stepdance competitions were a major part of Chad's development as a musician and dancer. He encourages all students and fans to attend these events to keep this important part of our Canadian culture alive. You will still find Chad at many contests through out the summer, either judging, or jamming in the fiddle parks.
Composing is also a passion of Chad's. He has written music for his own recordings, and commissioned work including Musical Theatre productions. Chad is back in the recording studio working on a new compilation of stepdance music for dancers and fiddle fans alike. Watch for “Clogs & Jigs & Reels.... Oh My!” coming soon. This album contains 60 tunes, including exciting new pieces, and breathes new life into some old favourites for dancers of all levels. For each track there are multiple tempos for dancers to progress through. In fact, there are so many, that they don't all fit on the CD! So each CD will come with a flash drive loaded up with all the bonus tempos.